Archdiocesan Jubilee Pilgrimage to Italy set for October
The Archdiocese of Indianapolis has a limited number of seats available for its Journey of Hope 2001 Jubilee Pilgrimage to Italy this fall, which will be led by Archbishop Daniel M. Buechlein.

The pilgrimage, which runs from Oct. 7-16, will be limited to 100 persons. The cost, including airfare, hotel and most meals, is $2,999 per person. The pilgrims will tour holy sites in Rome, Florence, Assisi and Subiaco.

Before leaving the United States, the pilgrims will fly from Indianapolis to Washington, D.C. on Oct. 7 to tour the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception—the main pilgrimage church for the United States. The pilgrims will celebrate Mass at the National Shrine Oct. 8 before traveling to New York to fly to Rome.

Upon arriving in Rome Oct. 9, the pilgrims will tour the city by bus and see sites such as the Coliseum, the Roman Forum, Capitoline Hill and other important archeological excavations. Mass will be celebrated at the North American College.

The schedule for Oct. 10 includes tours of the Vatican Museum and Gallery, the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica. There will also be a walking tour of Rome.

The pilgrims will attend the general papal audience at St. Peter's on Oct. 11 to listen to Pope John Paul II speak and to receive his blessing. (The pope's schedule is subject to change, and it cannot be guaranteed that he will be available Oct. 11).

Oct. 12 will include a tour of Florence and visits to the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, Uffizi Galleria and the Church of Santa Croce, which contains the tombs of Galileo, Dante and Rossini.

Oct. 13 will be filled with more touring of holy sites in Rome, such as the Basilica of St. Mary Major, which was built in honor of Mary after the Council of Ephesus in A.D. 341. The pilgrims will also tour St. John Lateran Church.

The pilgrims will travel to Assisi on Oct. 14 to visit the sites where St. Francis lived and prayed and they will tour the Basilica of St. Francis and the Basilica of St. Clare. The Basilica of St. Clare contains St. Clare's incorrupt body in a crystal casket.

Oct. 15 will include a trip to Subiaco to visit the cave where St. Benedict lived as a hermit and wrote his Rule of St. Benedict. Mass that day will be celebrated at the Monastery of St. Benedict.

The pilgrims will return to Indianapolis Oct. 16.

For more information about the pilgrimage, contact Carolyn Noone, the archdiocese's associate director for special events, at 317-236-1428 or 800-382-9836, ext. 1428.